No. 13 Oregon State (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) at No. 16 Stanford (7-2, 5-1), 3 p.m. (FOX)

Line: Stanford by 4 ½.

Series Record: Stanford leads 50-26-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The game is essentially a Pac-12 North Division semifinal. Both teams still have to play second-ranked Oregon, so if neither slips in its only other conference game left, the winner will face the Ducks with a chance to advance to the league championship.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon State's rushing offense against Stanford's rushing defense. The Cardinal lead the nation in rushing defense (55.5 yards), in large part because they also lead the country in sacks (4.4) and tackles for loss (9.22) per game. The Beavers use a bevy of running backs but rank 10th in the Pac-12 with 114.6 yards rushing per game. They'll likely have to get something going on the ground to ease the pressure on QB Cody Vaz and slow Stanford's relentless pass rush.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon State: WRs Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. The receiving combo has averaged more than 211 yards receiving a game. Cooks, a sophomore, is averaging 113.25 yards, ranking him seventh among Football Bowl Subdivision players, while senior Wheaton is No. 13 with 98.4.

Stanford: QB Kevin Hogan. The redshirt sophomore will be making his first collegiate start. A dual-threat quarterback, Hogan has shown Andrew Luck-like ability, albeit in spot duty against inferior opponents. He played sparingly in read-option packages until relieving Josh Nunes —who has started every game — after Stanford's first two drives stalled at Colorado last week. Hogan picked apart the nation's worst defense, throwing for 184 yards and two touchdowns and running for 48 yards in two quarters of work, leading the Cardinal past Colorado 48-0.

FACTS & FIGURES: The teams are the stingiest scoring defenses in the Pac-12. Stanford is allowing 16.6 points per game, and Oregon State is giving up 18.1 a contest. ... Stanford has won the last two games and three of the previous four in the series, including last season's 38-13 win in Corvallis. ... Stanford has won seven straight and 18 of the last 19 at homes heading into "Senior Day." ... Oregon State has won three of its four road games this season. All three wins came on natural grass — at BYU, Arizona and UCLA — which is also the playing surface at Stanford Stadium. The lone road loss came on synthetic turf at Washington, which is also the site of Stanford's only Pac-12 defeat this season.

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Baylor (4-4, 1-4 Big 12) at No. 14 Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. (FSN)

Line: Oklahoma by 21.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 20-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Sooners are out to avenge last year's loss to the Bears, who had never won in the series until a mammoth performance by Robert Griffin III. Oklahoma also is trying to stay within striking distance of No. 3 Kansas State in the Big 12 title race.

KEY MATCHUP

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Baylor: RB Lache Seastrunk. The sophomore set career highs with 103 yards rushing and 91 yards receiving in last week's win against last-place Kansas. The Sooners have given up at least 200 yards rushing three times this season, twice in losses.

Oklahoma: S Javon Harris. Outside of secondary coach Willie Martinez, who was let go after last season, no one took more criticism after the Bears piled up the most yards of any Oklahoma opponent in history than Harris, who failed to be the last line of defense on Griffin's deep balls. Harris has been solid this season and anticipating the rematch.

FACTS & FIGURES

Bob Stoops has tied Bud Wilkinson for the second-most victories by an Oklahoma coach with 145, and can pass him this week. ... The Sooners have lost two of their last three home games, and three of their last seven, after starting out 70-2 on Owen Field under Stoops. ... Baylor is first in the Bowl Subdivision with 581.5 yards of total offense per game and dead last with 527.3 yards allowed per game.___

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No. 17 UCLA (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) at Washington St. (2-7, 0-6)

Line: UCLA by 14 ½

Series Record: UCLA leads 39-18-1

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Bruins look to retain their lead in the Pac-12 South, and not to look ahead to next week when they play rival Southern California. Washington State is looking for its first Pac-12 win and to end a six-game losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin and the nation's 11th ranked offense against the WSU defense. Washington State coach Mike Leach — who has recently called his team "zombies" and some players an "empty corpse" — versus his own team's psyche

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UCLA: Franklin, the nation's fourth leading rusher who gained 162 yards last week against Arizona, and has 1,204 yards this season.

Washington State: QB Jeff Tuel can throw for 400 yards, and linebacker Travis Long is having a great season. But star wide receiver Marquess Wilson has been suspended for a violation of team rules, taking away perhaps the Cougars' top offensive weapon.

FACTS & FIGURES

Washington State is No. 20 in the nation with 24 sacks, after recording 17 all of last season ... UCLA is tied for second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 37 points per game.

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Penn State (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) at No. 18 Nebraska (7-2, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Nebraska by 7.

Series Record: Nebraska leads 4-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

This stacks up as the toughest remaining regular-season game for Nebraska, which has the inside track to the Legends Division title. Cornhuskers can't afford to commit the turnovers and penalties that forced them to make big second-half comebacks to post three of their four Big Ten wins. Penn State, ineligible to play in the Big Ten title game, is going for its fourth conference road win.

KEY MATCHUP

Penn State front seven vs. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez. Martinez has overcome his league-high seven interceptions in Big Ten play with big runs and clutch passes. Nittany Lions have to clamp down on him to have a chance at winning in Memorial Stadium. Penn State has recorded four sacks in two of its last three games and Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges are among the best linebackers in the Big Ten.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Penn State: QB Matt McGloin. The senior's career has been resuscitated in coach Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense. He's thrown 18 TD passes, and his 2,436 yards passing are most in the Big Ten. But other than the comeback win over Northwestern, his victories have come over undistinguished opposition. If McGloin shines against Nebraska, he'll be a legit contender for all-conference honors.

Nebraska: RB Ameer Abdullah. He's been better than expected as the primary replacement for the injured Rex Burkhead, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of his four starts. But the 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore has taken a pounding, and the question is whether his body will hold up late in the season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Penn State DT Jordan Hill (knee) and TE Kyle Carter (foot) have been listed as day-to-day. Nebraska's Burkhead (knee) hadn't practiced as of mid-week. ... McGloin has thrown for 200-plus yards in a school-record seven straight games. .. Nittany Lions have won three Big Ten road games by a combined 107-30 (Illinois, Iowa, Purdue). ... PSU WR Allen Robinson leads the Big Ten with 57 catches for 689 yards. ... Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher in eight straight games, the longest streak since a 20-game stretch over 1999-2000. ... Nebraska is 13-4 in November games under fifth-year coach Bo Pelini. Three of those four losses were on the road against ranked teams. ... WR Kenny Bell has 11 catches that have covered at least 20 yards, with all six of his TD receptions 25 yards or longer.

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No. 19 Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0 WAC) at Texas State (3-5, 1-2), 6 p.m. (ESPN Longhorn Network)

Line: Louisiana Tech by 20.

Series Record: First meeting

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Louisiana Tech is seeking its fourth straight victory after losing to Texas A&M, 59-57. The Bulldogs are already assured of a return bowl trip, but are seeking to continue climbing up the polls. Texas State is seeking its second conference victory in its first season in the WAC.

KEY MATCHUP

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon against Texas State's defensive line. Dixon is the school's single-season leader in rushing touchdowns (20) and needs only two more to set the NCAA freshman record. Texas State has allowed 32 touchdowns this season and opponents are averaging 202.8 yards rushing.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisiana Tech: RB Kenneth Dixon, a Doak Walker semifinalist, is tied for first in the nation in scoring (13.33 points per game) with Oregon's Kenjon Barner. QB Colby Cameron is averaging 327.3 yards passing and could have another big game with Texas State trying to slow down Dixon.

Texas State: KR Jafus Gaines is averaging 30.2 yards on returns and he could be busy if Louisiana Tech's offense has a big game. S Jason McLean, leads team in tackles with 56, and will be critical in slowing down Dixon and Cameron.

FACTS & FIGURES

Dixon is one touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record for touchdowns in a season by a freshman set by Marshall Faulk (San Diego State) in 1991 and matched by Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams in 2009. ... Texas State has lost twice in the WAC since beating Idaho 38-7 on Oct. 13 for its first conference win. ... Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen, the reigning Ray Guy winner, averaged 62.0 yards per punt in the Bulldogs' 51-27 victory over UTSA last week. Allen leads the nation in punting with a 48.8-yard average. ... Coach Dennis Franchione is 9-11 in his second stint with Texas State. He was 13-9 from 1990-91 before leaving the Bobcats to coach at New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M.